No, it’s not a perfect illusion; Lady Gaga’s new album Joanne is that listenable. Released on October 21, 2016, Joanne is Gaga’s fifth studio album. The album deviates from Gaga’s usual pop sound, described by The Telegraph as “Americana-style blues and rock.” Out of the 14 songs, many draw inspiration from Gaga’s late aunt, Joanne Germanotta, who passed away in 1974 at the age of 19.
Joanne’s influence on Gaga’s music is very prevalent; the sound is very different in comparison to previous albums like ARTPOP. Gaga takes on the persona of her aunt to make the sound more relatable. In an interview with MTV, Gaga describes her music as “human.” In an interview with the publication, she said, “On this record I’m my father’s daughter, I’m my mother’s daughter, I’m my sister’s sister, I’m my friend’s friend. I’m my grandmother’s granddaughter.”